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Margaret Olley Painting - Sand Mining, Main Beach 1956

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Part of Australia’s History

As Mineral Technologies celebrates 80 years, we are delighted to share information about a treasured artwork by renowned Australian artist Margaret Olley.


Produced in 1956, the artwork is called Sand mining, Main Beach and is displayed at the Home of the Arts (HOTA) gallery on the Gold Coast.

The artwork was initially spotted by Andrew Foster, Managing Director of Downer Professional Services while attending a function at HOTA. Andrew immediately recognised the mineral separation spirals featured in the artwork which were early models of Mineral Technologies MD spirals.

Click here to view the artwork

It’s now over 60 years since Margaret Olley produced her artwork, and today Mineral Technologies is recognised as a global leader in spiral design and manufacture.

Our production facility in Carrara is located just 20 kilometres from the site of Margaret Olley’s artwork on Main Beach.

Alex de Andrade, General Manager said that it was extraordinary to find the artwork located at HOTA.

“We were delighted to learn that such a celebrated artist as Margaret Olley chose to include our spirals in her work. Needless to say, not many companies have a painting of their products by an internationally renowned artist – thanks to Margaret Olley we do. We are also grateful to HOTA for displaying the artwork’, said Alex.

Mineral Technologies is actively encouraging employees and customers visiting the Gold Coast head office to tour the HOTA gallery and view the artwork and other pieces.

For more information about HOTA including opening hours please visit this link.

About Margaret Olley
One of Australia’s most significant still-life and interior painters, Margaret Olley was born in Lismore in northern New South Wales in 1923. For her service as an artist and to the promotion of art, Margaret was awarded the Order of Australia in 1991 and made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1996.

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